David Harewood and Lorraine Burroughs star in London's West End production of The Mountaintop, which is expected to open with a new cast on Broadway this fall.

David Harewood and Lorraine Burroughs star in London’s West End production of The Mountaintop, which is expected to open with a new cast on Broadway this fall.

April 1, 2011

Forty-three years ago, on April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. took the stage at Mason Temple, a black church in Memphis, Tenn., to deliver what was to be his final speech.

His “Mountaintop” speech, which touched on his own mortality and how the civil rights movement would go on without him, proved to be prophetic. The next evening, King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

That last night at the Lorraine Motel inspired 29-year-old Katori Hall‘s The Mountaintop, a play that imagines an encounter between King and a motel chambermaid on the eve of his assassination.

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Written on April 12th, 2011 , Media
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